I was enchanted to see Phil Patton's piece in the New York Times on "Our Longing for Lists." The piece was illustrated with the image of Johnny Cash's to-do list (which, by the way, reportedly sold at auction in December 2010 for $6,250).
Practice does make perfect. Preciseness breeds preciseness. Preciseness bears excellence. We're halfway there, don't give up on your plan, don't let laziness and lack of attention foil your ability to organize and stick to it.
Take today as an opportunity to question some of the things you've taken for granted about yourself and the choices you've made. Think critically about the assumptions that you let rule your life. Do they still hold up?
Though I've been reading and writing about money for six years now, I still do stupid things sometimes. Last week I made another relatively un-interesting mistake, but one that's educational at the same time.
While we tend to view ourselves and others around us in terms of predictably consistent personality types, time and time again behavioral science demonstrates that how we think and what we do varies dramatically by simple situational considerations like where we are.
Rituals demand attention to process as well as to affect. When we participate in a ritual, like going to a place of worship on a particular day, we make a commitment to join other people in a rite of passage.